Roanoke City Council passes smoking ban for parts of Elmwood Park

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7)-- UPDATE: Roanoke City Council has passed a smoking ban that will be in effect for parts of Elmwood Park.

The new measures will be in place for the amphitheater and food vendor areas only.

The smoking ban is effective as of January 21, but will not be enforced until concerts and festivals resume on the grounds in the coming months. It is then that proper signage will be on display.

ORIGINAL STORY: An ordinance is set to be voted on at Roanoke's City Council meeting next week that would ban smoking in certain areas of Elmwood Park.

In March 2019, the General Assembly adopted an amendment that regulates smoking in outdoor ampitheatre or concert venues.

Council members learned at the January 6 meeting that the non-smoking areas will encompass the lower seating bowl and the food vendor area.

If people violate the non-smoking areas, they face a $25 fine.

The Department of Parks and Recreation will be in charge of putting up the required signs.

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